Donald D. Renfrew

April 2, 2023
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Donald Renfrew Obituary

Donald “Donnie” Dexter Renfrew, 76, a native of Greenfield passed peacefully on Sunday, April 2, 2023 at the Charlene Manor Extended Care Assisted Living Center in Greenfield, MA.  Donnie was born in February 19, 1947 to Carlos and Alice (Fowler) Renfrew, one of six children.  He was educated in Greenfield Public Schools and was employed for the former Triffilo’s Supermarket, prior to accepting a position with the former J.H. Smith Co. in the Shipping Department where he worked for 46 years prior to his retirement.

Donnie was active in the Loyal Order Of Moose, Lodge #997 in Greenfield, MA for over fifty-five years. He served as the Lodge’s Governor on two occasions and was active in numerous civic endeavors by the lodge and it’s members. During the early 1980’s,  the City of Boston, Massachusetts was beset by arsonists that plagued the city and it’s residents.  Donnie was instrumental, in establishing a relief effort to provide those affected and displaced by the numerous fires with support. He and members of the lodge, solicited, collected and delivered essential’s to Boston to assist those in need.  Additionally, he was active in many other lodge hosted events over his nearly 55 years of membership.

In his youth, Donnie was a member of a local band called the “Strobelights”, where he was a vocalist.  He loved music, that included Country Music to that of Nat King Cole and everything in between including Polish Music and dancing the Polka.  Donnie enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, cats, and classic cars in particular 1957 Ford Thunderbirds (in teal blue!) He will be remembered by many for his selflessness, devotion to family and friends and for his kind and generous nature.

He is lovingly remembered by his many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews and great grand nieces and great grand nephews.  Additionally, he leave his former wife and life long devoted friend, Donna Kuzmeskus Fraser and George Platek, among his friends of many years.  He was predeceased by his parents, Alice and Carlos, as well as by his siblings: Harry, Norma, Carl, Ellen and Hollis.

Donnie’s family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the management and staff of the Charlene Manor Extended Care facility for their unwavering dedicated and compassionate care provided to Don, while a resident in the Meadows and Highland units, as well as to the Physicians, Nurses and CNA’s at Baystate Medical Center, Greenfield for their compassionate and professional care.

Funeral Services in celebration of Don’s life and many gifts will be observed on Wednesday, April 12, 2023 from the McCarthy Funeral Homes, 36 Bank Row, Greenfield, MA @ 11:00AM, with Mr. Jack Cooper, Celebrant as the officiant. Committal Services will follow in the Green River Cemetery, Greenfield, MA. There will be a visitation period prior to the formal services from 10:00AM until 10:45AM, to be followed by a L.O.M. Ritual Rite from 10:45AM to the time of the formal services.  Expressions of one’s affection in the form of a charitable contribution in Don’s memory, are suggested to either Salvation Army Citadel, 72 Chapman Street, Greenfield, MA 01301 or to the Pioneer Valley Hospice and Palliative Care, 329 Conway Street, Suite 2, Greenfield, MA 01301. 

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April 12, 2023

10:00 AM to 10:45 AM
McCarthy Funeral Homes
36 Bank Row
Greenfield, MA 01301


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